Revised plans for new Westhill centre

The owner behind proposals to extend retail space at Westhill Shopping Centre has responded to feedback from stakeholders and the local community by making a number of revisions to its recent planning application.

The managers representing the owner say they are aware of the importance of the centre within the local community and are keen to continue to invest in the scheme to improve the existing facilities through the proposed extension and reconfiguration of the car park.

Michael Cecil, of Orchard Street Investment Management, said: “Westhill Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community and we are keen to ensure that it continues to thrive.

“We believe what is proposed will enhance the existing centre and significantly improve the retail experience for those living and working in the local community.”

Planning permission already exists to enable an expansion scheme but the current owner lodged an application for an improved proposal, which has been refined further following talks with Aberdeenshire Council planners.

Variations to the existing consent include reducing the scale of the proposed development by a storey. Revisions to the current proposals include amending the roof, softening the design to better reflect the existing centre and introducing more of a ‘live’ frontage to Westhill Drive. The owner is in discussions with the Council to progress the application.

Audrey Findlay, chairwoman of Westhill and Elrick Community Council, welcomed the revised application.

She said: “We very much appreciate the fact the owners and their agents have come to the community council and given us the opportunity to engage in the process. We are aware revisions have now been made and are looking forward to meeting with representatives of the owner at our AGM.”